I'm adding a custom column (from a custom table) to an admin grid with an observer, and the filtering/sorting doesn't work. Adding the 'filter_condition_callback' to my column doesn't work, the function is never called.

I've seen other similar questions but none of them had this particular problem, or they were never answered.

I've made a module that modifies the admin_user grid.

It contains an observer linked to these events :



So the beforeCollectionLoad method is called so I can join my custom column (from a custom table, not an attribute) :

public function beforeCollectionLoad(Varien_Event_Observer $observer)
    $collection = $observer->getCollection();
    if (!isset($collection)) {
    if ($collection instanceof Mage_Admin_Model_Resource_User_Collection) {
            array('adminextra' => 'digitagri_adminextra'),
            'adminextra.user_id = main_table.user_id',
                'is_advisor' => 'adminextra.is_advisor',
                'phone' => 'adminextra.phone',

This successfully seems to add the column to the collection. The observer first calls the function appendContent, which checks the current grid :

public function appendContent(Varien_Event_Observer $observer){
    $block = $observer->getEvent()->getBlock();

    if (!isset($block)) {
        return $this;
    if ($block instanceof Mage_Adminhtml_Block_Permissions_User_Grid) {
    return $this;

Then the column is added :

public function appendCustomColumns($grid){
    $grid->addColumnAfter('is_advisor', array(
        'header' => 'Conseiller',
        'align' => 'left',
        'width' => '50',
        'index' => 'is_advisor',
        'type' => 'options',
        'options'   => array('1' => Mage::helper('adminhtml')->__('Oui'), '0' => Mage::helper('adminhtml')->__('Non')),
        'filter_condition_callback' => array($this,'_filterIsAdvisor'),
    ), 'is_active');

The column is added and the values are displayed, the 'options' acts as a renderer and correctly displays '1' as Oui and '0' as Non. But the filtering and sorting don't work. No error, no exceptions, it does nothing.

The function called in 'filter_condition_callback' never seems to be called either. I've put a Mage::log to check :

protected function _filterIsAdvisor($collection, $column){

So what am I doing wrong ?

Filtering and sorting seem incredibly finicky, especially since i'm joining a column from a custom table and not an attribute.

  • There is another way to add/ remove columns from grid via XML. please check github.com/magento-hackathon/GridControl . Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 14:34
  • I've seen this multiple times. I'll check it out if there is absolutely no other way, I would rather find a "normal" way to do this first. Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 14:36
  • I have the same issue everything works just fine, only the filter_condition_callback is completely ignored and rather when filtering it tries to find the product attribute the regular way by invalid attribute name: filtered_by_name
    – snh_nl
    Commented Jan 16, 2020 at 15:04
  • FYI magento.stackexchange.com/questions/301420/…
    – snh_nl
    Commented Jan 16, 2020 at 15:58

1 Answer 1


There was a code breaking change



And apply


Please mark as the answer if correct

  • This works .....
    – snh_nl
    Commented Jan 24, 2020 at 10:03

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